In order to take Mechanical Engineering (ME EN) courses and pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, a student must be admitted to the Mechanical Engineering program and accepted to either Intermediate or Full Major Status. Students must maintain a cumulative University of Utah GPA of 2.5 or higher to remain in the Mechanical Engineering program. In addition, students must earn a C- or better in major courses, with only one repeat allowed per course.
To be admitted to the Mechanical Engineering program, students admitted to the University of Utah must complete an application and be accepted to Intermediate or Full Major Status, as appropriate.
Application deadlines and decision dates for fall admission are shown below.
Admission is based on a collection of factors that may include:
- High school GPA (not required for applicants with 30+ post-secondary credits)
- Standardized test scores (not required for applicants with 30+ post-secondary credits)
- English proficiency scores (for international applicants)
- AP credit
- Cumulative post-secondary GPA (including concurrent or dual-program credits)
- Grades in post-secondary technical courses
- Personal statement
While a specific post-secondary GPA will not guarantee admission to the program, in the absence of other information, transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered.
Acceptance to Intermediate Status requires placement into MATH 1210/1310 Calculus I. Students not eligible to enroll in MATH 1210/1310 in the fall of the upcoming academic year must wait until the following fall to apply for admission to the Mechanical Engineering program.
Students accepted to Intermediate Status may take ME EN 1000, 1010, 1300, 2080, 2300, 2450 and 2655/2660, while students accepted to Full Major Status may take upper division (ME EN 3000-5999) coursework (all pre/co-requisites must also be satisfied).
Fall admission is open to students entering years one, two or three of the program (program flowchart). Spring admission is open to students who have completed the ME EN 1000 requirement.
- ME Admission Application—Spring
- ME Admission Application—Fall
- University of Utah Undergraduate Admissions
- University College Advising
- New Student Orientation
- AP, IB, & Other Special Credit
- University of Utah Transfer Center
- Getting Ready Transfer Guides (for students transferring from Utah schools)
- ME Transfer Course Articulation Table (for students transferring from Utah schools)
Students must be accepted to Intermediate Status in order to take ME EN 1000, 1010, 1300, 2080, 2300, 2450 and 2655. Placement into MATH 1210 Calculus I is required for acceptance to Intermediate Status. In general, freshman admits will be accepted to Intermediate Status. Transfer admits will also be accepted to Intermediate Status if they have not yet completed all of the following courses: ME EN 1000, 1010, 1300; MATH 1210, 1220; CHEM 1210, 1215; PHYS 2210.
Students must be accepted to Full Major Status in order to take upper division (ME EN 3000-5999) coursework. Acceptance to Full Major Status is based on completion of the courses listed below with a GPA of 2.7 or higher and no individual grade below a C-. All courses must be taken for a letter grade. Courses may be repeated only once, and the second grade will replace the first grade.
Courses Required for Full Major Status
|Course #’s||Course Names|
|MATH 1210 and 1220||Calculus I and II|
|PHYS 2210||Physics for Engineers I|
|CHEM 1210 and 1215||General Chemistry and Lab|
|ME EN 1000||Introduction to Mechanical Design for Engineering Systems|
|ME EN 1010||Computer-Based Problem Solving for Engineering Systems|
|ME EN 1300||Statics and Strength of Materials|
Students are reviewed for Full Major Status each Fall and Spring semester. Eligible students are accepted to Full Major Status and notified by November 1 (Fall) or March 15 (Spring).
Transfer students are evaluated for Full Major Status as part of the admissions process.
A student who is ineligible for Full Major Status because his/her technical GPA is below 2.7 may remain in Intermediate Status, repeating courses to improve GPA. A student who fails to earn a C- or better in any of the courses listed above after two attempts will lose Intermediate Status and will not be allowed to continue in the Mechanical Engineering program.
Minimum Requirements for Incoming Freshman
The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program is rigorous and challenging, preparing graduates for a variety of rewarding and meaningful careers. To be adequately prepared for the program, the following high school coursework should be completed:
- Calculus (strongly recommended)*
- Physics (one year, including laboratory work)
- Chemistry (one year, including laboratory work)
Beyond these core requirements, high school students are encouraged to take:
- Biology (one year, including laboratory work)
- Mechanical drawing/drafting
- Computer courses
- Foreign language courses
*ME EN 1000, taken in the fall of the first year of the ME program, requires MATH 1210 Calculus I as a co-requisite. Therefore, students wishing to complete the ME program in four years must be eligible to take Calculus I.